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DANA ANDREWS HITS SLEET BOTTOM IN 'THE FROZEN DEAD'

Dana Andrews gets ahead in the scientist world Year: 1966
In one film of the ongoing Dana Andrews retrospective that will never be covered, THE FORBIDDEN STREET, a late 1940's period piece co-starring Maureen O'Hara, has Dana playing a distinguished British patriarch, and in real life it's said he worked for months to nail an English accent, only to have, on the European theatrical release and most of the DVDs (including the one yours truly purchased and refuses to view past Dana's entrance), his voice dubbed-over by someone sounding like a classy David Niven type, which is pure blasphemy for fans of Dana Andrews, and is something understandable for any actor or actress who weathered such disappointment – like Andie McDowell's Jane in GREYSTOKE or like that poor forgotten fella from the early-1980's LEGEND OF THE LONE RANGER – after all, a voice is about 80% of the performance, or at least seems that way...

FROZEN hot Anna Palk
And so, there's one good thing to say about THE FROZEN DEAD: at least Dana's German accent, which sounds pretty authentic, was left alone... And his gorgeous niece, played by Anna Palk, makes this almost worth the price of admission and the torture of sitting through... But Cult Movie fans can't weather just about anything... right?

Dana Andrews headlines a stinker
Well this time, as a German scientist, Dana's Dr. Norberg keeps his cool, acting gentlemanly to his niece like Joseph Cotten did with (Dana's BEST YEARS starlet) Teresa Wright in the first half of Alfred Hitchcock's personal favorite of his own resume, SHADOW OF A DOUBT...

But Palk's doubt has nothing to do with Uncle, who has clandestine meetings with strange men that she doesn't know are his fellow secret-Nazis, gathered within a brick-laden, underground parlor (not as deep as the last venture): more of a basement or cellar where body parts hang from a wooden wall connected to life-giving electrodes. A hilarious low-budget visual in itself, and even more b-movie-embarrassing than Roger Corman, who at least tries for authenticity, and usually succeeds...

FROZEN Score: *
Anna Palk's Jean, a lonely, lovely school girl, can't shake the feeling that her best friend wouldn't possibly just up and leave the house without a proper goodbye. So whatever tension or suspense that's supposed to pan out relies on a slow-moving, in-house "investigation" aided by the stock handsome hero from New Scotland Yard, who himself isn't so perfect.

Opening Frozen Font
The promising storyline of a scientist reanimating dead Nazis to make the Third Reich march forth once again – to take over the world the "right way" this time – has a lot of exploitation cinema potential. But any and all shock value is moved about limply with pallid direction, attempting to – following a ton of scientific gibberish – merge all the chills into one severed head that has only a few lame expressions, none of them scary, eerie or even funny to poke fun at: And so, here's the lessoned learned – on bad movie night, it's best to thaw out something else, or just watch CRACK IN THE WORLD for an genuinely worthwhile experience that's not just campy drivel.
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